Reimagining our Country:
Government launches €116bn
Project Ireland 2040

Issued by the Government Press Office

  • First time in Irish history that Planning & Investment have been linked
  • Four new funds totalling €4bn for rural & urban growth, climate action & innovation
  • Major transport focus linking all parts of Ireland & filling gaps in North West
  • €22bn climate change programme as well as major public transport investment
  • Preparing Ireland for Brexit by investing in the future & targeting at risk sectors

Project Ireland 2040 National Planning Framework (Click to view)

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and the Government today launched a €116 billion plan to re-imagine Ireland and prepare for the future following a special Cabinet meeting at the Institute of Technology in Sligo.

In front of an audience of college students, the Cabinet unveiled Project Ireland 2040 which aims to build their Ireland of tomorrow, and prepare for a future society which will have an extra one million people, and 660,000 more people at work.

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Prospects for Irish Regions and Counties: Scenarios and Implications Economic and Social Research Institute ( ESRI) Research Series No.70

Prospects-for-Irish-Regions-and-Counties-coverThe ESRI research, published today, provides projections for regions and counties across Ireland up to the year 2040, examining what will happen if current spatial planning patterns continue (known as the Business as Usual approach), and what would happen in a range of alternative scenarios. Under the alternative scenarios, the broad regional distribution of population, jobs and employment growth has been considered. The research and modelling, carried out by the ESRI as part of this research project, has been used to inform the growth strategy for the NPF, with the Business as Usual approach providing a baseline from which the other alternative future scenarios were developed. From this an optimal scenario was considered and applied to the NPF.


Submission Deadline

Submissions on Ireland 2040 – Our Plan, draft National Planning Framework are no longer being accepted. The deadline for receipt of submissions was 12pm, Friday November 10th 2017.

Ireland 2040 Our Plan – Press Release

Today the Government published “Ireland 2040 – Our Plan” for its final round of public consultations. Over the next number of weeks, until 3 November, the public will have a chance to review what is essentially the long-term strategic planning framework for our country’s future growth and prosperity. Ireland 2040 – Our Plan will guide national, regional and local planning opportunities throughout our Republic together with investment decisions for at least the next two decades.
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Over 3,000 Students Nationwide Paint a Picture of how they want Ireland to look in 2040

Winners of the ‘Green-Schools Ireland 2040 – Our Plan’ National Poster Competition were today presented with their prizes by Minister Simon Coveney at an Awards Ceremony at the Custom House in Dublin.

Over 3,000 students from 255 schools representing every county in Ireland responded to the challenge of creating a poster to share their thoughts and ideas on how they would like Ireland to look in the future. The competition gave a platform to children and youth to engage in the consultation around the development of Ireland 2040 – Our Plan (National Planning Framework).

Schools Competition – Sample Entries

Minister Coveney will announce and meet the winners of our recent Green Schools Ireland 2040 poster competition on May 3rd but until then, why not have a look at some of the amazing entries we received. Thank you to all the entrants and to the schools and teachers who facilitated the entries.

To find out more about the competition, go to the Schools page.


An Taoiseach Enda Kenny together with Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney and Minister of State Damian English launched the consultation phase of Ireland 2040 –Our Plan at Maynooth University on Thursday February 2nd 2017.

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